Master's Degree in Automation Engineering

University of Bologna School of Engineering and Architecture

Program Description

Master's Degree in Automation Engineering

University of Bologna School of Engineering and Architecture

The Master Degree in Automation Engineering is a two-year program fully delivered in English. The Degree provides students advanced competencies in many important fields of Automation, such as robust control, system theory, software for real-time control, vision systems, mechanical systems, a design of advanced automatic machines, diagnostic systems.

Within this Master Degree Program students have 2 possibilities:

  1. Master Degree in Automation Engineering for 2 years in Bologna;
  2. Double-Degree Master Program with Tongji University (AlmaTong Program). For these students, classes of the first year will be held in Bologna. Then, students will attend classes in Shanghai for a period of 3 semesters. Upon completion of their studies, including a final graduation project, they will obtain two Master degrees:
    • “Laurea Magistrale in Automation Engineering / Ingegneria dell’automazione” from the University of Bologna;
    • “Msc in Control Theory and Control Engineering” from Tongji University.

Admission Requirements

The admission to this program is granted to applicants that comply, first, with the curriculum requirements, secondly with the necessary prior preparation and thirdly with the language requirements (section 1.3). If the curriculum requirements are not complied with, the access to the Second Cycle Degree in Automation Engineering/Ingegneria dell'Automazione is denied. If the curriculum requirements are complied with, the applicant's prior preparation has to be assessed. The admission is granted if all requirements are fulfilled. The procedures to verify curriculum requirements and prior preparation are listed below.

Curriculum requirements

To be admitted to the Second cycle Degree in Automation Engineering/Ingegneria dell'Automazione the applicant must hold a University degree of at least three years (or achieved through the acquisition of at least 180 ECTS –CFU), or another degree obtained abroad and recognized by the Automation Engineering Board as equivalent.

Admission to the Second cycle Degree in Automation Engineering/Ingegneria dell'Automazione is reserved to:

a) Students graduated from Italian first cycle courses (“Lauree”) of the “Information Engineering area” (area 8, as defined in the DM 270/04 and area 9, as in DM 509/99) or in the “Industrial Engineering area” (area 9 as in the DM 270/04 and area 10 as in DM 509/99) whose name contains “Ingegneria dell'Automazione” or “Ingegneria Meccatronica”. Italian first cycle courses included in this definition have adequate curricula.

b) Students graduated from Italian first cycle courses of the “Information Engineering area” (area 8, as defined in the DM 270/04 and area 9, as in DM 509/99) or in the “Industrial Engineering area” (area 9, as in the DM 270/04 and area 10, as in DM 509/99) with a final mark of at least 110/110.

c) Students graduated from Italian first cycle courses of the “Information Engineering area” (area 8, as defined in the DM 270/04 and area 9, as in DM 509/99) or in the “Industrial Engineering area” (area 9, as in the DM 270/04 and area 10, as in DM 509/99) with a final mark less than 110/110 but complying with the following requirements:

  • at least 6 CFU in the SSD ING-INF/04;
  • at least 12 CFU in the set of SSD: ING-IND/13, ING-IND/32, ING-INF/05.

d) Students graduated from Italian first cycle courses complying with all the following requirements:

  • at least 30 CFU in the SSD MAT/02, MAT/03, MAT/05, MAT/06, MAT/07, MAT/08, FIS/01, FIS/03;
  • at least 6 CFU in the SSD ING-INF/04
  • at least 12 CFU in the set of SSD: ING-IND/13, ING-IND/32, ING-INF/05.

The same criteria of point d) shall also apply to those who hold a University degree obtained abroad and deemed appropriate by the Automation Engineering/Ingegneria dell'Automazione Board for which it is possible to convert the degree score to the Italian system, and to identify the scientific areas and the number of credits obtained in each sector. Otherwise, the career of the applicant shall be assessed by the Automation Engineering/Ingegneria dell'Automazione. In very exceptional cases, the Automation Engineering/Ingegneria dell'Automazione Board can assign differentiated didactic plans in compliance with the “Degree Program Regulation” to those Students with particular previous academic curricula. Such differentiated didactic plans do not concern students who have the First cycle Degree in Ingegneria dell'Automazione acquired at the University of Bologna.

Language requirements

Adequate proficiency in English (at least B2 level according to CEFR) is required for admission to the Second cycle Degree in Automation Engineering/Ingegneria dell'Automazione. Candidates submitting a certificate issued by a recognized institution (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge ESOL, ...) proving such knowledge are exempted from further assessment. Otherwise, English proficiency of the candidate is assessed by a Commission nominated by the Automation Engineering/Ingegneria dell'Automazione Board. Whenever English knowledge is not considered adequate, the Automation Engineering/Ingegneria dell'Automazione Board may require the Student to fill the gap before registering any exam of their second year.

Expected learning outcomes

The specific learning outcomes of the 2nd cycle degree program in Automation Engineering aim to produce professional figures with a solid basic and specific background able to cover management, design and coordination roles in companies requiring knowledge of sizing and implementation of highly complex architectures, automatic and robotic systems, automation processes and plants which integrate computer components, measuring, transmission and actuation equipment. Therefore, they will have an in-depth knowledge of the specific subjects of this class, with particular attention to the fields of advanced design, innovation, and development of production, planning and programming, management and organization of complex systems. It follows that graduate automation engineers possess in-depth interdisciplinary knowledge of the automation, mechanical, computing, electronics, and electrotechnical sectors. Graduates will possess the following skills:

  • Inclination for advanced design, integrating mechanical, electric, computing and control aspects, for particularly complex automation systems and with high levels of innovation;
  • Organisational skills even in complex industrial systems;
  • In-depth knowledge of the automation sector.

The computing facilities and laboratories available to students, and which are constantly being enhanced, provide the setting for students to practically apply the knowledge, working autonomously and in groups. Internships will also be available through the collaboration with many local companies with which the university has signed cooperation agreements.

Moreover, students may obtain a dual degree: the 2nd cycle degree in Automation Engineering from the University of Bologna and an MSc in Control Theory and Control Engineering from Tongji University in Shanghai, China. This opportunity allows students to gain extensive experience abroad (also in the industrial field, with compulsory internships) and acquire considerable transversal and interpersonal skills.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated January 17, 2018
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